Marvels & Catastrophes, May 24 – June 6, 2021
Listen! Marvels & catastrophes in the Open Studio in the project rooms. 25/5 – 6/6 2021 Opening hours: Tuesdays – Fridays 11-16, Saturdays – Sundays 11-17. Drop in (no need to pre-book your visit). Admission is free.Marvels & Catastrophes is an interdisciplinary group of artists who explore the ingenuity of humans in connection with natural disasters, unforeseen climate events and man-made disasters. They were formed in 2018 as an act of resistance, in hope to create a set of alternative creative strategies to deal with the growing catastrophic effects of climate change.During two weeks, they will take over Färgfabriken’s project rooms to play with ideas, patterns and concepts through their varied artistic practices, which can provide inspiration for new strategies, perspectives and approaches to the disasters we are just now in the midst of – the climate crisis and the pandemic.Participants: Peter Lang, Ana Barata Martins, Cristina Ferreira, Sofia Larsson, Åsa Agerstam, Vesna Salamon, Jérôme Malpel / Iris Lacoudre / Grégoire Deberdt / Antoine Plouzen Morvan, Andres Villarreal, Alexander Paulsson, Gerda Persson, Bo Pilo, Florence Taché, Gustav Karlsson.Marvels & Catastrophes has been invited through the project Listen , which explores climate in the borderland between knowledge and emotions through art, research and collaborations across generational and knowledge boundaries. The project is supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation and is carried out in collaboration with Virserum’s Konsthall and Skellefteå Konsthall.
Our Lives Undone
LYSSNA ACTION PLAN summaries
Alexander Paulsson, Gustav Karlsson Ivösjön – A spatial investigation adventure at the north east most lake of Skåne
Work: Documents, texts, slide show
This project is a recovery project, a study into how a small lake in the region of Skåne can be valorized as a lost utopia, with living characteristics that go beyond current idea and understandings of how one can design for sustainable lifestyles.
Paulsson and Karlsson in their project A Spatial investigation, attempts to rewire current planning ideals that despite their good intentions, are taking are closer and closer into disaster. The project therefore attempts to recover all that works in this lake area to counter viral aggressions and degrading infrastructure.
A little more update on our project
15 -18 oct is now is booked for excursion on site We got in contact with organizations in the area such as old church ladies and people from museum of dinosaurs. Could be fun 🙂
To connect our project better with the Marvel and catastrophes-theme, me and Alexander talked about doing a spin off on dinosaurs that were living in the Ivösjö-area long time ago, that died in a disaster, and now humanity is dying in a disaster burning the same (!) dead dinosaurs into co2. its a full circle of dinosaur-disaster. To do this we thought about reading a little on the concept of DEEP HISTORY (as Catherine Malabou definition on it. “Human as a geological force”). Or at least focus on geology some how, but without focus to much on antroposcen. The name of the project could be: OLDER THAN ANCIENT. Let us know what you think of this.
It was also a porcelain industry in the area of Ivö ca 100 years ago, so maybe we can link all this together.
Andres Villarreal, Dispatches from a Lockdown
Work: Photographs, Video, letters and email correspondence.
Dealing with the lockdown in New York City, the artwork builds on deep contrasts between the banality and tranquility of empty streets, rarefied happenings, and the contrasting news reports regarding the ongoing covid pandemic, as well as the sudden outburst of massive Black Lives Matter protests, occupations and political actions that were to spread from street to street in the city, ultimately dominating city life completely. There are contrasting messages and images, with the ordinary scenes and the puzzlement from overseas family and friends whose witnessed televised activities of protest and violence.
Villarreal succeeds in drawing out the uneasy relationship between the city in the midst of a covid crisis, and the deepening sense of gloom and doom as a form of perceptualized tragedy. The works stresses both the importance of lived experience and subjectivity and hard facts alike.
collective work “Windows”- 2020
Jérôme Malpel with Iris Lacoudre, Grégoire Deberdt and Antoine Plouzen Morvan
Work: videos, sound interviews from the house windows.
The project started in January 2020 as a research on domesticity and perception of the landscape from different people’s homes in the Western outskirt of Paris, precisely in Cergy-Pontoise and the park of the Vexin. Quickly, France came under a severe lockdown and the subject of this investigation became a living reality for many. When locked inside, how do we see the world from the same static point? How does the window become inhabited? This project becomes a manner of looking, seeing and recording through the only opening to the outside world. There a present a simultaneity of worlds, a virtual questioning of communications and access while confined to the limits of a limited interiority of space.
Jérôme Malpel, Iris Lacoudre, Grégoire Deberdt and Antoine Plouzen Morvan have created a project that directly confronts the condition of lockdown, enclosure and also of creative perception. It raises the question of how to reflect on these most difficult times, in order to find alternative points of view for coming pandemics and life-threatening disasters.
Direction Régionale Affaires Culturelles IDF / Parc Naturel Régional du Vexin Français / Conseil Départemental du Val d’Oise
Work: maps, drawings, video.
Lockdown forced an alternative perspective that we as humans have almost entirely lost sight of, that is of the animal world inhabiting the spaces that were recently seemingly devoted to only human activities. Stuck from inside their domestic spaces, humans have made the shocking discovery that our world is also their world. We come out of lockdown still wanting to hear birdsongs.
Florence Taché’s project is about the strange reawakening of nature and the transformed relationship humans are experiencing with animal and fauna in the world around. Just how do pandemics and disasters make us reevaluate the way we understand ourselves not as unique beings, but as a union of countless consciousnesses?